United Kingdom and the EU

The negotiations betwen the EU and the UK on leaving the European Union began on 19 June. The UK leaving the EU may bring changes for Swedish citizens and companies in the country. Until the exit negotiations are completed the UK remains a member of the EU.

On 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom held a referendum on whether the country should stay in the European Union or leave. The majority voted to leave and the result of the referendum was upheld. On 29 March 2017 UK Prime Minister Theresa May notified the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, of the UK’s intention to leave the EU by sending him a letter. The letter triggered the so called Article 50 process. The EU will reply to the Prime Minister’s letter by adopting guidelines for the exit negotiations. The formal negotiations will then begin. Until the exit negotiations are completed the UK remains a member of the EU. The negotiations should be completed within two years from the time they are formally initiated, unless the parties agree to extend the negotiation period.

The negotiations betwen the EU and the UK on leaving the European Union began on 19 June. Initial talks will include the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and those of UK citizens living in other EU nations as well as the UK's financial commitments to the EU. Regarding the rights of EU and UK citizens, both the UK and the EU have signalled their intentions to reach an agreement early in the negotiations. The Swedish Government welcomes this and will work within the EU with the aim to secure the rights of Swedish citizens to live, work and study in the UK now and in the future. Sweden will also work towards a solution leaving the relation between the EU and UK as close as possible after the UK's departure.

On June 26, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May presented a proposal in the British parliament regarding the prospects for EU citizens to continue living and working in the UK after the country's EU exit. The UK government's proposal will be discussed in the ongoing negotiations between Britain and the EU.

The embassy has been receiving many questions from Swedish citizens living in the UK about how the country leaving the EU might affect them. The UK leaving the EU may bring changes for Swedish citizens and companies in the country. However, what the UK leaving the EU will mean for EU citizens and companies will not be known until this has been concluded during the negotiations. The embassy cannot therefore at this point in time say what might change in the future. The British government has not yet announced any changes to the rights of EU citizens in the country. Until further notice, in general the same rules that applied before the referendum last year still apply.

If you have questions regarding what the UK leaving EU means for you as a Swedish citizen you can contact the embassy via email or phone.
You can find our contact details and opening hours here

For individuals who want to apply for Swedish citizenship, please see information on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website.
Swedish Migration Agency

Links for more information

The British government on the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU
The European Council adopts negotiating directives
The British government: Status of EU nationionals in the UK and what you need to know
The European Council's guidelines for the Brexit negotiations
Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk triggering Article 50
Statement by the European Council on UK's notification letter
The British government's negotiating objectives for exiting the EU
The UK’s exit from and new partnership with the EU White Paper
Frequently asked questions on gov.uk

The embassy will continuously update the website when new information is available.

Last updated: 26 June 2017

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